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National Parliament House

National Parliament House, located at Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, is an Architectural wonder in the world and masterpiece of the world-famous architect Louis Isidor Kahn. Because of its architectural values and significance, it is an important place for the visitor from home and abroad

 

History


Before its completion, the first and second Parliaments used the Old Sangsad Bhaban, which currently serves as the Prime Minister's Office.

Construction was started in 1961 when Bangladesh was East Pakistan, led by Ayub Khan from the West Pakistan capital of Islamabad. As part of his efforts to decrease the disparity and secessionist tendencies of East Pakistan, Khan aimed to make Dhaka a second capital, with appropriate facilities for an assembly.

Jatiya Sangsad was designed by Louis Kahn. The government sought assistance from South Asian activist and architect Muzharul Islam who recommended bringing in the world's top architects for the project. He initially attempted to bring Alvar Aalto and Le Corbusier, who were both were unavailable at the time. Islam then enlisted his former teacher at Yale, Louis Kahn.

Construction was halted during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and was completed on 28 January 1982. Kahn died when the project was approximately three-quarters completed and it continued under David Wisdom, who worked for Kahn.

 

How To Go

Anyone can visit by road with taxi/three-wheeler/bus from anywhere in Dhaka. Any bus service from Gabtali, Sadarghat, Motijheel, and other areas of Dhaka to Farmgate can be used to reach the Sangsad Bhaban area.

 

Source: Bangladesh National Portal, Wikipedia

 

 

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